4-8-13 Offshore Fishing Islamorada

Fishing in Islamorada has been pretty good the first week of April. Not every day has been a home run, but we’ve had action every trip and there’s been some good quality fish around. Today we had a very slow start to the day, and finally boated our first fish at 11:30! It was a nice 50 lb amberjack, followed by a 30 lber. After that we looked for some mahi, and after 20 minutes came across a school, but they didn’t want to bite very well. We caught a couple, and but just one keeper. It was just enough to feed our couple though, so they were happy! We decided to head back to the reef edge after that and right when we got in a saw a pack of sailfish swimming down sea. We struggle with live bait this morning, but did have a few left over from the day before. We managed two bites from the pack and caught and released one of them. After that a fellow fisherman gave us a few left over baits that they had. Next we tried for some permit and released 3 in all, with a pair of them around 30 lbs! We weren’t done yet though. We also hooked a double header sailfish and released both of them too! It wound up being a great day of Islamorada Fishing! Yesterday we started out by catching some nice vermillion snapper, and then did some trolling. We caught a pair of mahi, and one was a nice 20 lb bull. On the way home we stopped at a spot and sure enough saw some permit. Within 2 minutes we were hooked up! After a 20 minute battle on 15 lb test, Long time Bud n’ Mary’s Marina customer Tom, landed and released his biggest permit ever! A big 31 lber! The days before that we released some sharks, including this nice hammerhead, we caught some king mackerel, barracuda, and plenty of snapper. The sails have been a little tough the past month, but you never know when it’s going to be your day! So when your ready to get out fishing shoot me an email!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

1/4/13 Gulf and Backcountry Fishing Islamorada Report

Well it doesn’t get any prettier than it did today on 1/4/13 while fishing islamorada!  We worked some island shorelines on the high in tide in the everglades national park first things this morning.  We picked several redfish, black drum, and a few sheepshead in this fashion casting shrimp.  On the tide change we went looking for a snook around some other island moats.  We did find one eager participant, alas we broke him off boatside.  However we did end up catching some more black drum jigging the bottom, as well as some more sheepshead from around the mangrove trees!  We then hit some scattered muddy waters in some ditches further towards the gulf area and got into a mess of trout, jack crevalle, ladyfish, pompano, and one juvenile permit.  What a mixed bag for this islamorada fishing report!  Continued cruising on out into the gulf of mexico along the crab bouys, and saw several tripletail fish.  We caught some for dinner, mostly again casting shrimp on a small cork, dragging it to ’em, and WHAM!  These high flying acrobats are fun on light tackle, and not bad blackened on the grill either.  A gulf wreck was next on the agenda, and we caught some cobias off of it, as well as a goliath grouper that took some convincing to get to bite.  Another permit was had in this area too – you never know what to except fishing the florida keys!  To end the day we caught some spanish mackerel closer to home in Islamorada.  And so ends another tale of wonder fishing islamorada backcountry.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk